Let me start by thanking Bruce for allowing me to do the Friday media links here. I’ll be gathering and posting them on my site, Fang’s Bites first, then bringing them over here. It will be my pleasure to do this for you every Friday. And if you have any comments or questions, feel free to e-mail me at kzfone@gmail.com.

Let’s start with Michael Hiestand of USA Today. He has an interesting story about the staffers who update ESPN’s Bottom Line, the crawl you see at the bottom on all of its family of networks. Hiestand also touches on ESPN’s and CBS’ plans for the upcoming plethora of college basketball games as well as Major League Baseball putting restrictions on websites that publish pictures of in-game action.

Now let’s go East to West with the media links.

East and Mid-Atlantic

David Scott writes about ESPN 890 General Manager Jessamy Tang misusing tickets originally donated for a charity event.

From the Boston Globe, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks about CBS entering the Mixed Martial Arts fray.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says YES analyst Bobby Murcer and International Fight League President Jay Larkin have something in common, even though they’ve never met.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News goes after the Mets for going into the spin cycle as injuries continue to ravage the team in Spring Training.

Over to the New York Post where Justin Terranova has five questions for ESPN’s Digger Phelps. And Terranova talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale about another North Carolina-Duke game.

Newsday’s Neil Best jumps on the Erin Andrews train and speaks with the very lovely ESPN sideline reporter about her popularity. She does have a good sense of humor about it. In his Watchdog blog, Neil has more about Erin that didn’t make it into his column. And Neil speaks with former New York Knick great Earl “The Pearl” Monroe about the current team.

Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Daily News tries to get more about ESPN’s Suzy Kolber becoming a new mom.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says Comcast SportsNet will have one camera focused on Alex Ovechkin during the Capitals game against the Calgary Flames.

Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner talks with Washington Nationals TV voice Bob Carpenter about the new season and a new ballpark.

South

Doug Nye of The State writes that fans of the University of South Carolina will have plenty of chances to catch its baseball team on the radio.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald talks with the city’s sports broadcasters who have had to deal with a lot of losing lately.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel says a local CBS affiliate threatening to pull its signal off Bright House cable, leaving many March Madness fans in the dark, is just blowing a lot of smoke.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle talks with ESPN/ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy about the Rockets’ chances now that Yao Ming is lost for the season.

Ray Buck in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says former Dallas Maverick Derek Harper has evolved in his new career as a broadcaster.

Mel Bracht in the Daily Oklahoman says logistics get in the way when local stations want to cover high school championships live. In his media notebook, Bracht talks about the new TBS MLB Sunday afternoon schedule. And he gives us his viewing picks for the weekend.

Midwest

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal thinks the Brett Favre coverage was overdone.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel thinks Favre should not get into broadcasting.

Judd Zulgad from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wonders how ESPN’s Chris Mortensen could miss an important phone call from Favre. If Mortensen picked up, we never would have had that 3 minute voice mail played over and over again on ESPN. And we have the ratings from the Minneapolis-St. Paul market from last weekend.

The Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin’s Paul Christian says perhaps a deal between the Big Ten Network and Charter Communications will come in time for the next college football season.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News reports that KSL-TV’s weekend sports wrapup shows kill in the ratings.

The North County Times’ John Maffei joins the national media critic chorus in criticizing ESPN’s hiring of Bob Knight.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune talked with ESPN’s Dick Vitale on Thursday. In a follow up, Posner has five reasons why Vitale thinks college basketball is #1. In his media notebook, Posner says Cox 4 has hired a new producer for Padres games. And Posner lists the ratings from last weekend’s sports viewing in San Diego.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star reports that the Angels’ spring training games will be live on KLAA next week after being aired on tape this week.

In the Los Angeles Times, Christine Daniels writes in her Sound and Vision column that there is a future for Brett Favre in TV.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News writes about the new ESPN Films venture. Hoffarth follows up his column with his extensive media notes in his Farther Off the Wall blog.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News is amused that the San Francisco Giants hired a media relations consultant now that Barry Bonds is gone.

Canada

In the Toronto Star, Chris Zelkovich says the CBC will most likely be the winner in the bidding for Jim Hughson’s services.

Blogs

CNBC’s Darren Rovell announces the Minor League Baseball logo contest.

The Sports Media Watch notes that ratings for NASCAR are up making Fox Sports very happy. And the blog also points out that Comcast SportsNet saw its best ratings ever for a Celtics game.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog says NBC Sports hates its own public relations website.

And that will do it. I’ll be back again next Friday. Once again, thanks to Bruce for allowing me to bring you the media links.

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